MEADVILLE, PA - May 14, 2001 - It's that time of year again - time for Sammy Swindell and the rest of the Outlaws to face some of the toughest non-World of Outlaws competition they'll see all year. It's a tough group of regional sprint car racers...
MEADVILLE, PA - May 14, 2001 - It's that time of year again - time for Sammy Swindell and the rest of the Outlaws to face some of the toughest non-World of Outlaws competition they'll see all year. It's a tough group of regional sprint car racers known as the "Pennsylvania Posse." And except for a two-day event at Charlotte, NC on May 25th and 26th, Swindell and the Outlaws will face the 'Posse for the next few weeks at tracks like Williams Grove, Hagerstown and Lernerville Speedways.
The Pennsylvania Posse is legendary - former card carrying members include Stevie Smith, Jeff Shepard, Tim Shaffer and Brian Paulus. But Swindell and the Channellock Racing team are up to the challenge, and ready to take on the 'Posse again this year. Swindell knows they'll be gunning for him, as the 1997 WoO champion has been one of the spoilers over the years who has been able to consistently outfox them on their own dirt.
Following a 16th place finish at Terre Haute and a season-best third-place finish at Granite City, IL on May 11th and 12th, Swindell is confident of his team's readiness: "These are tracks we've run well on for years. We can go back to our records and see how we setup the Channellock car in the past and do the same thing if it worked for us. We really haven't changed the cars much at all this year. We did change the heads on some of the motors and have found some things we could improve. Aside from that, we're running things the same as we did last year."
A smart plan, indeed.
After all, the Channellock # 1 Stealth saw plenty of time in victory lane during last year's Pennsylvania tours. Swindell won at Lernerville on May 16th and July 25th - making a total of 14 A-Feature wins at the track in 20 years. He won at Williams Grove on July 29th as well - making eight A-Feature victories there since 1980. Just a hop, skip and a jump away at Hagerstown, Maryland, Swindell won on September 28th too - his fifth A-Feature win there since 1989.
The first Pennsylvania tour of the 2001 World of Outlaws season begins on Thursday and Friday, May 17th and 18th with a two-night event at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, PA. Friday's A-Feature will be televised on TNN, the National Network at 9:00 p.m. ET. Then it's on to Hagerstown Speedway for a single-night race on Saturday the 19th. Swindell and crew then travel to Charlotte, NC for the "Outlaws Showdown" on May 25th and 26th, with both nights to be televised live on TNN at 9:00 p.m. ET. On June 1st Swindell will be back on Pennsylvania dirt at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, just a two-hour drive from Channellock headquarters in Meadville. TNN will televise the race - a first for Lernerville - at 9:00 p.m. ET.